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Plugging a hole
Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR! and I hope everyone has a wonderful 2010 sailing season.
And on to the quesiton...how do I plug up the small (maybe dime sized) hole in my stern? It was for a fish finder I think. It's usually above the water line unless the boat is sailing hard on a port tack or in a following sea, in which case, well, I'm taking on water. Surprisingly (or maybe not) it took me awhile to figure out where the heck the water was getting in from, even though there's a hole in the stern (duh!). I think it was the little cover over the hole that threw me. Anyway, I got the Don Casey Sailboat Maintenance book for christmas which it seems would have me grinding a big beveled (12:1) depression around the hole and laying it up with epoxy and cloth. Can't to that from inside the hull because it's in a really tight spot, and I'm not into grinding up the hull on the outside and having to repair the gelcoat.
Can I just plug the thing with thickend epoxy or even marine tex (which is just thickened epoxy, isn't it)?
FWIW, the hull is solid fiberglass and 1/4 to 3/8" thick in this area.
In the Springs
Gardiners Bay, NY
1986 O'Day 31